the reading group revolution

Just a reminder to all of you who are within driving distance and interested, this month’s meeting of Ypsi-Arbor Progressive Reading Club is scheduled to be held this Thursday evening between 7:00 and 9:00 at the Michigan Avenue branch of the Ypsi Public Library. (More details can be found in my last post on the subject.)

As for the image of Patty Hearst to the right, I’m not suggesting that we’re going to be brainwashing anyone at this function, and I’m definitely not suggesting that there will be any talk of armed revolution, but I wanted to use an image here as a place holder until I get a YAPRC logo, and this was the best that I could come up with on short notice. If I had more time, I’d open Photoshop and try to substitute a book for the gun, but I need to go up and read the book now. Sorry.

For those of you really interested in the idea of revolution, check out the Unitarian Jihad. (Thanks for the link, Arun.) Here’s a clip from their manifesto:

Beware! Unless you people shut up and begin acting like grown-ups with brains enough to understand the difference between political belief and personal faith, the Unitarian Jihad will begin a series of terrorist-like actions. We will take over television studios, kidnap so-called commentators and broadcast calm, well-reasoned discussions of the issues of the day. We will not try for “balance” by hiring fruitcakes; we will try for balance by hiring non-ideologues who have carefully thought through the issues.

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  1. Teddy Glass
    Posted April 12, 2005 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    From the website of the local Unitarian Church:

    “Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal, multi-faith, liberal religion that is over 400 years old. Its religious roots are Christian, but today’s Unitarian Universalists (UUs) encompass a large spectrum of religious backgrounds and spiritual beliefs. Freedom, tolerance and reason are our guiding principles. Some well-known UUs include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Clara Barton, John and Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Pete Seeger, P.T. Barnum, Kurt Vonnegut, Louisa May Alcott, Isaac Newton, Eliot Richardson, Whitney Young, William Howard Taft, and many more.”

    Sounds pretty good.

    You can find your local branch at –

  2. Posted April 12, 2005 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Sign me up!

    For those interested in exploring their Unitarian Jihad identity, there’s a Unitarian Jihad name generator at the above link.

  3. mark
    Posted April 13, 2005 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the links… When I get some time, I want to visit my local Unitarian church. If I do, I’ll post something.

    Just curious… are any of you out there Unitarians?

  4. Ken
    Posted April 13, 2005 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t consider myself a Unitarian (or anything for that matter) but I do attend a Unitarian service from time to time at a church up the road from me. It is a cool old Methodist church that was built in the 1800’s. It has an old cemetary out front that still has new tenants moving in. My daughter calls it the maze and wants to run through it whenever we go.

  5. mark
    Posted April 15, 2005 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Do you get some kind of bonus if you sign me up, Ken? If so, I’ll tell them that you sent me.

  6. Ken
    Posted April 15, 2005 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    By recruiting somebody, my name will be put into a drawing in the afterlife/rot-in-your-box. I would be eligible to win a seat at or near the right hand of God. Or no seat at all. A breakfast meeting with Buddah. Or no breakfast at all. 27 virgins to call my wife. Or none whatsoever. Also, an assortment of other cash and prizes. Or bupkis.

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